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Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

Driving Miss Snappy

Snap Dancer has a reputation for being a tough little race mare, but she is actually a peach to drive.  My friend Katie was her groom and she not only loved to sit behind Snap, but also her husband learned to jog with her!  She is like a jogging schoolmaster!  LOL!  ;-)

So, while I have been having a blast schooling her in dressage and jogging her under saddle, I have never driven Snappy.  I finally put together a harness for her (it has a lot less parts than a pleasure driving harness, that's for darn sure!) and my grandfather was kind enough to cut the long ends off one of his old wooden jog carts and rig it up with the quick hitch hardware.  My weekends were so packed that we did not have a chance to try it out as soon as I had hoped.  
My son approved.
He actually brought it up to me the day of prom (April 27) but we did not get to give it a test until June 1!!   While I knew Snappy would be fine, I did want him there for our first try.  Of course, she was perfect!!!  I love driving her and cannot wait until I have the money to buy a pleasure carriage for her!


I finally got my son to take pics after we had jogged 2.5 miles!
Coming down to a walk...
All smiles!  She was super fun!  Can you see how HOT it was that day!?!  This was at 9AM but it made it to 90 degrees!
That's my grandfather coming out to help...

YAY!!!

Comments

  1. Very cool, love that you can do different things with her!

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  2. Very cool! I love it that your grandfather gave you an old cart and he was helping you with her. How awesome is that? :-)

    And on another note - that looks like so much fun! I'm so glad that Snappy is working out so well for you.

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